East Yorkshire villages spared more flooding

The flooding in Burton Fleming in December.
The flooding in Burton Fleming in December.

FOLLOWING another onslaught of bad weather at the start of the week, the beleaguered residents of Burton Fleming have escaped further flooding.

After the worst flooding for 65 years hit the village over the festive period, it was feared the Gypsey Race may again burst its banks following snow melt and heavy rain.

Despite the water rising by around four inches over the weekend, it remained contained in the river, helped by two pumps supplied by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Keith Wells, chairman of Burton Fleming Parish Council, said: “The problem is basically contained.

“We have sandbagged the side of the Gypsey Race to try to hold the water in.

“There is obviously a little bit of seepage through the sandbags but with the rain coming down it has nowhere to go and it is collecting on the roads.

“I think that people, while they are concerned, think as long as it doesn’t get any higher there isn’t any risk of flooding but you just don’t know.”

Mr Wells said the clean-up was progressing, however there was a lot left to do, with many people preferring to keep their sandbags in front of their properties in case the floodwaters rose again.

“We are in this situation where we can’t just relax and say the problem has gone away but hopefully what we get from now on will be manageable,” said Mr Wells.

“It is going to take its time but if we get a spell of spring weather we will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

A spokesman from East Riding Council said: “We have engineers on the ground in Burton Fleming following rapid rainfall at the weekend and at the start of the week.

“This has caused a rise in the water levels but the water is still in the beck. There is a council presence on site and we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

The situation in Kilham is also improving after underground springs forced their way through the pavements, leaving large potholes in the roads. Floodwater has now subsided but the council has confirmed it is monitoring the situation to avoid further problems arising.

Annie Smith, clerk to Kilham Parish Council, said: “Flood water levels have dropped considerably in the last week and residents are no longer using chemical toilets.

“We’ve had an assurance from ERYC Highways that the major work necessary to repair the roads will be tackled as soon as the groundwater levels drop sufficiently.”